This is the brand name of carbonation systems for home use. They were invented during the early 1900s to incorporate carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. In those days they were called “apparatus for aerating liquids”. The more recent versions allow for adding flavored concentrates and before you realize it – you have homemade carbonated, flavor drink or soda pop.
The very first machines made were rather big and were sold for the houses with more people of the upper classes of London, like the royal household. There initially were flavors with odd names, one being the famous sarsaparilla introduced while in the 1920s. The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced in the 1920s and were very well liked. The first smaller machines for home carbonation was produced in 1955.
Because of so many forms of concentrate, various and exclusive flavors of soft drinks can be produced. In the times when the systems were most favored, many well-known brands were designed for SodaStream in the concentrate such as Fants, and Sunkist.
During the early 1990s, the company merged with Soda-Club and has since relaunched using a marketing plan targeted more in the direction of health or healthiers drink for kids or families.
Today there are different competing brands of soda concentrate for SodaStream. Aromhuset is the Premium mark along with their Zero (sugar free) series taste like they as sugar sweetened. Take a look on their Zero Indian Tonic at amazon UK.
The SodaStream drink maker features a canister with CO2 which is pushed into water that makes the water fizzy. The complete product includes a machine, carbon dioxide canister, and several reusable drink bottles specially made for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it to the machine, push a button, and create sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also known as seltzer water. There are very different flavors of concentrated syrups allowing the consumer to create regular or diet soda pop (or soft drinks). When the canister is empty, you give it back and purchase a whole new canister of CO2.
The popularity on the SodaStream throughout the 70s and 80s in the United Kingdom and presently are associated with nostalgia for those time periods. The advertising best tonic jingle in 1970 was “get busy with the fizzy” and was so very well liked, that the slogan was included with their logo. It was finally dropped in 1996 after 17 years.
MilkStream is actually a machine made by the very same company for making milkshakes. You simply add milk, soft ice cream and syrup inside a tall glass, insert in the machine and a wand extends into the tall glass to whip up a foaming, delicious milkshake.
Today, SodaStream is part of Soda-Club and there are several web sites where they can be purchased and all sorts of the supplies can be ordered and reordered as required.